Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Delhi October 1, 2013

Langer hopes for a Hollies on Tendulkar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer hopes one of his spinners will do an Eric Hollies on Sachin Tendulkar when they play Mumbai Indians in the last Group A fixture on Wednesday. Hollies, a legspinner from England, is best remembered as the man who bowled Don Bradman for a duck in his final Test innings, leaving him four runs short of an average of 100 in Tests.

"I hope we have a Hollies in our team tomorrow when we bowl to Sachin. Hollies - wasn't that the name?" Langer told journalists on the eve of their last match. "Well, I love watching Sachin bat and wish he never gets out. But tomorrow, I wouldn't like him to score too many runs. Even at this age of 40, he batted in the nets for two hours the other day. That was incredible."

"I would like my boys to take up the challenge of playing against superstars. This is an inexperienced side and they will learn a lot from this trip. Look at Otago Volts. They have come here three times and now it's showing results."

Tendulkar is now 26 runs short of completing 50,000 runs in first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches.

Langer also spoke of Harbhajan Singh, another international player for Mumbai who they would have to be wary of.

"They have to face a trouble-maker like Harbhajan," he said. "Well, please don't make a controversy when I term Harbhajan as a trouble-maker. I mean he is a guy who would always like to have a competition or two with us over the years."

Scorchers lie at the bottom of the points table in their group without a win against their name. While their first match was washed out, they lost their other two matches, against Otago Volts and Rajasthan Royals. They were the first to crash out of the Champions League from their group and were soon followed by the Lions. Langer stated that even though it was no excuse, the absence of several players, due to injury and some of them opting for IPL franchises, could have affected their performances.

"We didn't have the Marsh brothers - Shaun and Mitch - due to injury," he said. "We didn't have Pat Cummins, while Nathan Coultier-Nile and Mitchell Johnson decided to play for Mumbai Indians. So we had a side that was very thin on experience. But that's no excuse.

"The first match was washed out and we played poorly in the next two matches. If we hadn't dropped a couple of crucial catches, the matches could have swung in our favour. We packed our sides with four spinners and then found out that Jaipur track had a lot of pace and bounce. We didn't have Cummins and that became a factor,"

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Langer's wish has come true!

  • associate cricket fan on October 2, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    @Mundrathy. Yes Warne had competition from his other bowlers, but it makes it easier for him when his other bowlers are supporting him. Even if Warne fails, his other bowlers will take wickets. Thats why he had no pressure on him. But Murali had noone to supporting him. If Murali fails the entire Bowling unit will fail. Also Murali did well in Green tracks as well. Here is Murali is record in Overseas(In England-6 matches,48 Wickets, AVG-19.20 In SA-6 matches,35 Wickets, AVG-26.02 In NZ-6 matches,30 Wickets, AVG-19.96 In WI-6 matches,37 Wickets, AVG-23 In Aus-5 matches,12 Wickets, AVG-75.41). So both had even records on Green wickets.

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    ouch Duck for the little master, courtesy of Langer's curse.

  • Tahir on October 2, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I want to see more of neesham who is the face of future and no more of tendulkar. So, best wishes to Otago who need some heart shown by their trans tasman brothers the aussies.

  • Tahir on October 2, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    MI will win it as all aussie sides are a piece of cake in india.

  • Android on October 2, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sachin the great must retire, it is getting too late

  • Brian on October 2, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    For God sake MI has to loose ...

    There is only one differenece between other batsman and sachin .

    To sachin majority of people are asking why is he not retiring. To Other great batsman : peopled asked why did he retire.

  • Android on October 2, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    mi should bat .hoping someone from top order to score century

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    By stupidly batting first in the first match where the ball was expected to move around AND worse, playing 2 spinners, MI have dug themselves into a hole, blaming the Ahd washout makes no sense - the way they have played, MI could have lost - then what ? At least 2 of their top 4 have delivered close to NIL in the tournament so far.

    Only options for them to reach the semi's -

    Replace flops till now in this tournament, Smith, Ojha & DK with Blizzard, Patel & Tare

    I know Patel is a gamble, but MI have nothing to lose.

    Bowling options still would be - Johnson, Coultier Nile, Bhajji, Rishi Dhawan, Pollard, Akshar Patel

    Batting first, , target 230 / 240 so the marginally weakened bowling can still win with 50+ margin.

    Batting 2nd, target to be achieved at Perth rate + 2.45.

  • ESPN on October 2, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    this time i remembring our paksitan team lahore badshah that team was awesome am a big fan a perth scorcheres this team is great but in this tournamemt some player was missing therefore this team cannot played well